Based in leicesters cultural quarter, grays has been bringing fresh, seasonal food to leicester since 2013.
At Grays we believe diversity is the spice of life, and no-one deserves the stagnation of choice that has become synonymous with city centre dining. Every day at Gray's we offer fresh choices, and the boys in white always love to give your pallet a chance to experiment.
Day to Day @ Grays
It all kicks off at 8:30am with the breakfast rush, offering cooked to order meals to set you up for the day. You can either sit in and enjoy whatever music Al has discovered that morning (99% of the time its great, feel free to tell him to turn it off if its the other 1%), or simply just takeaway.
Breakfast is a religious experience with hundreds of different variations, meat/veggie, sweet/savory, red/brown white/granary, poached/scrambled, bacon/sausage... the list is endless. One thing's for sure, and that's that in the morning you want what you want, and you're too tired to sacrifice your routine. We are the half way house to work, a place to rub the sleep out of your eyes and relax for the last few minutes before you hit the daily grind.
Come 11am, and the chefs have done their daily pilgramige to Leicester Market to see what's in season, scratched their heads for a bit and put together the menu for the day. Al has already got bored of the mornings music and has moved on to something else whilst sending out our daily specials, and then, BOOM, everything is set for the lunchtime onslaught of patrons, guests and friends.
With plenty to offer for Vegetarians and Vegans alike (no goats cheese tarts or nut loaves to be seen), the aim is to offer a variety of options for all dietary requirements, be it gluten free, dairy free, pescatairan or no nuts, just ask Al, Nile or Grace behind the counter and they'll let you know what works for you.
Lunch finishes at 3pm, giving us plenty of time to get the place spick and span to do it all over again (don't worry, the coffee machines on till 5pm if you need that late afternoon boost)!
Miles are a tea and coffee merchants based in West Somerset. Split between two sites they taste, buy, blend and pack their own special blends of tea, .
By Derek Miles:
'I began working in the tea trade in the City of London in the early 1950's. First for a dealers and then for a firm of Brokers in Plantation House in the ''tea area'' of Mincing, Phillpot and Rood Lane. I remember once wheeling a great chest of tea through the lanes to the stock exchange!
My background was in tea, as my Grandfather Henry Miles started a blending business in Birmingham in 1888. My father and uncle succeeded him and ran the business until 1974, where my friend and I, Norman Halls purchased it. After moving to Chepstow it became part of DJ Miles & Co. It was from there that we manufactured teabags and distributed it throughout South Wales. In London my work had been inspecting, tasting and selling tea. In 1961 I left London and bought a small shop in Minehead. Twelve months later, I was offered work as an Inspector of Tea at Avonmouth. In those days every case of tea was bored and a sample extracted which was examined and sniffed by an Inspector for uneven leaf appearance or 'taint'
I readily accepted the offer as it gave me an additional income and the opportunity to livein a beautiful part of the country. At Avonmouth a problem arose with the disposal of the odd chests of tea that Brokers had difficulty in selling. So I purchased a few and made a blend on a piece of hardboard and packed it up in the front room of my house in Porlock. This was the start of DJ Miles.
i moved from one house on Doverhay to another then settled at Capes Yard where I blended and packed tea for 25 years. The tea blender holding 1000 lbs, was stood upstairs directly above a table of packers!
We moved from Chepstow and opened additional premises in Porlock and Minehead in 1996, but during all this Porlock has remained the Head Office and where we now roast and pack our coffee.
I hope you enjoy my tea and coffee as much as I have enjoyed making it,
We are proud to stock Has Bean Coffee, which boasts unique blends of fair trade coffee from around the world. Our house blend "Jailbreak" is the perfect kick start to the working day, a blend of.
- 50% Guatemala El Bosque Amatitlan Washed Red Bourbon
- 30% Guatemala Finca Cuidad Vieja Los Jocotales Red Honey Caturra
- 20% Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Pulped Natural Canario
"Has Bean Coffee believes that the best cups of coffee are the result of teamwork between producers, roasters, and brewers and we invest heavily in developing that team approach. We work on a wide range of projects spanning the breadth of the coffee industry, from sourcing through roasting, brewing and service, all tied to a unified idea: delicious coffee is an incredible thing.
Has Bean Coffee works directly, year on year, to develop and deepen long-term partnerships with over 30 of the most incredible coffee producers in the world. The length and depth of these partnerships allows us to not only source better coffee for all of our projects, but to invest in experimentation with these individuals, families and mills to discover what can be achieved through improved science, processes, agronomy and support.
We roast to order, ship every day and focus on offering the widest range of specialty coffee, around 60 unique lots at any one time. Our listings cover a wide range of origins, varieties and processes, as well as various microlots from our partner farms, all roasted with care and delivered fresh to our customers. "